Skip to comments.Archaeologists Reveal Utah Canyon Filled With Ancient Settlements
Posted on 06/30/2004 8:44:46 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Related article with more info:
Rancher sells archaelogical site to government
SALT LAKE CITY - For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient settlements thousands of years old in near perfect condition.
Thanx for the link. (the DemocratHerald?)
Thanks for the ping.
What, no swor...
Rancher unveils Indian site kept secret for years
Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2004 | PAUL FOY
Posted on 06/24/2004 7:04:48 PM PDT by Dog Gone
Private property ping. If this had been a National Park, it would have been looted long ago.
One of the coolest posts I've read all day..
I'm glad the previous owner preserved it. Pity the word is out, there will be a herd to trash it. I hope they gave the wrong location.
And, now it has, for $600/acre.
I get disgusted when I hear so much about "it's a pity that the word is out". I have no desire to go and trash the place, and no I have no desire to see the d--n pictures because it seems that my knowledge somehow sullies one of academia's holy of holies. Why don't people just say: "it's a pity that some jerks sometimes trash archaeological sites."? The next shard of pottery or arrowhead I find, I'll just descreetly crush under my evil boot and throw into a creek and then say a prayer that some idiot pointy head or pagan fraud with pot belly and 1/16 native blood, 10,000 years from now gets a bleeding ulcer over my trash!!!
In this case, the preservation is excellent precisely because it was private property--the owner kept the public off and did not mess with the ruins at all. A great find.
However that is not always the case. I used to work as an archaeologist on a National Park that was previously private property (in New Mexico). The 'chaining' that was done by the ranchers left most of the smaller ruins as jumbled piles of rubble. They appeared to have used bulldozers to push the trees into large piles for burning after the chaining. This bulldozer activity often left a swath of architectual stone at least 100 yards long. Complete obliteration.
I'd say roughly 25% of the sites we found over the course of a 3 year survey were in this state.
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